Chef, businessman, and father of four, Jamie Oliver has based his concept on Italy’s love and passion for food, family, and life. The menu is full of traditional home-style rustic Italian treats, from fresh scallop and squid ink pasta to wild truffle risottos, to the world’s largest olives served on ice. With pastas averaging at £10 a dish and mains at £14, you feel like you’re getting a real treat for a fraction of the price.
Colouring crayons, colouring-in sheets, and retro picture-slide puzzles are available to keep the children entertained, whilst the fresh juice and presses will keep them happy without filling them with sugar. Each of the dozen or so restaurants is unique, which again makes the experience feel less like you’re visiting a chain. My favourites are the Glasgow branch, with its grand pillared entrance on George Square; or the Brighton Branch, just a minute’s walk from the seafront so you can stroll off that big bowl of pasta you had and not feel too guilty.
To find a Jamie’s Italian nearest you, visit their website.